Russian forces used missiles, air strikes and drones in a “massive attack” on multiple Ukrainian cities Monday, according to Ukrainian officials.
“Since the morning, the aggressor launched 75 rockets. 41 of them were neutralized by our air defenses,” Valerii Zaluzhnyi, commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian military, said.
Powerful explosions rang across Kyiv on Monday morning, leaving multiple people dead. At the same time, regional authorities also reported missile and rocket attacks in Kharkiv, Lviv, Mykolaiv and Dnipropetrovsk, partly aimed at critical civilian infrastructure.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the missile strikes targeted Ukraine’s energy facilities and its people.
“They have especially chosen the time and the targets to create the most damage,” he said while standing outside his office in the center of Kyiv.
Moscow wanted to destroy Ukraine’s “energy system,” Zelensky said, adding that the Ukrainians shot down 38 incoming projectiles. He urged people to stay in shelters on Monday.
Further south, a Ukrainian official also confirmed that Russian missiles are targeting power infrastructure in the Mykolaiv region.
“They are hitting the infrastructure, trying to leave us without electricity,” Vitalii Kim, head of Mykolaiv regional military administration, said on Telegram.
“Russians are trying to scare us by hitting the infrastructure. There might be power outages, but the repair works are in progress, not just in Mykolaiv, but in all regions,” he aded.
Kim added that the Russians had claimed they are advancing “in all directions,” but the opposite is true: “In fact we are advancing and they are panicking.”